Halloween!?!

Author:
Publish date:
Updated on

My son is two...so this will be his first "real" Halloween...one where he could actually go out and trick or treat. But, since he is PA I am not very eager to participate. What are some of the things that you all do?

Thanks! Kristi

On Sep 2, 1999

Kristi, My daughter will be having her 3rd peanut free and her first official soy, nut, and coconut free halloween. I buy only safe treats to pass out and I have some extra treats around and we exchange any not safe foods (most candies) and redistribute the not safe (allergy causing) candy to the older children in the neighborhood.

This year I may make some of my own snacks/treats for my duaghter to trade.

Good Luck.

Mary Lynn

On Sep 2, 1999

We have chosen not to worry about taking our daughter trick-or-treating until the time comes that she begins to question us about it. Since she's only 3...this hasn't happened yet and I don't expect it will until/unless she gets to school (we may homeschool). However, we do allow her to help us pass out treats to the trick-or-treaters that do come by; and we do answer any questions she may have. Right now, it's too difficult to explain to her that she can go trick-or-treating but that she can't have much (if any) of the candy she gets. (She's also allergic to egg, wheat, & soy...so almost ALL candy is out of the question. [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img])

On Sep 2, 1999

This will be my 4yo son's third Halloween and he's debating whether he wants to be a clown or a cowboy this year. [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] We start trick-or-treating early and I accompany him every step of the way. He knows he can't eat any candy until we get home. Once we're back at the house, I comb through all the candy and most of it does get "recycled." I save the suspect candy for the late trick-or-treaters, usually the teens who should have given up trick or treating long ago.

I use Halloween as an educational opportunity. My son watches which candy I keep and which candy is given away. Getting the candy is only half the fun. Dressing up in costume and going out with your friends is also a big part of the festivities.

Noreen

On Sep 3, 1999

When my son was ages 2-4, I was able to get away with this trick. I kept an identical, "substitute" pre-loaded pumpkin in the house. When he came in from trick-or-treating, I did a "pumpkin switch" - - took my pre-stuffed pumpkin (which was filled with homebaked treats wrapped in those little Halloween bags, as well as non-edible items). My son had no idea that I pulled a switch.

I also recycled the unacceptable candy. I did pull out a few Reeses cups - - to show him the wrapper, say " this has peanuts, this we have to take away" (and I traded him an acceptable item for each unacceptable peanut one).

Trick or treating is tons of fun for the kids. They don't have to be deprived of everything just because of this allergy. Be creative! You'd be amazed at the substitues you can come up with.

By the way in another year or two, I plan to start throwing an annual Halloween party, on Halloween, and invite all of my son's friends in costume. That's 100% assurance of Halloween safety - - and eliminates trick-or treating too!

[This message has been edited by LauraP (edited September 03, 1999).]

On Sep 3, 1999

Both of my children enjoy the fun of dressing up and going out trick or treating. They both understand that they are not to eat anything until it is checked at home (we are with them every step of the way). This is not just to protect from accidentally ingesting peanuts, but because we feel you need to be safe and ensure nothing *unusual* has been handed out. When we get home the candy is checked - if it has peanuts or is not labeled it goes into one pile, acceptable candy goes into another - this is done for my PA daughter and also the one who isn't. The pile with nuts is bundled up and leaves the house that night - to friends or family who can tolerate peanuts. I have a strict rule about not haveing any peanut products in the house - not even overnight - paranoid I know, but I would rather not take the chance. My PA daughter is only 3 and it is amazing the stuff she can get into...keeps me hopping!

Happy (and safe!) Halloween everyone!

On Sep 3, 1999

My Halloween experiences are quite similar to the previous posters' experiences. My son and non-PA daughter are really much more concerned with their costumes than the candy. We generally go out for about an hour, come home, and go through all the candy. My son looks at what he can and cannot have due to his peanut/egg allergies--this is a good learning experience. We usually throw the offensive stuff out or I take it into my office. My son has never felt bad or "jilted". I don't know if it is just his personality or the fact that it is just a part of his life but he is so good-natured and accepting of the whole allergy that we never feel bad for him.

As far as the candy, after the first day or two my kids start forgetting that it is there and I end up throwing most of it out. Christine

On Sep 3, 1999

Hi LauraP:

What a great idea about throwing a Halloween party for the older kids!. As long as I accompany my son every step of the way, I don't worry about trick-or-treating. I *would* feel uncomfortable letting him go trick-or-treating by himself. Trick-or-treating will stop earlier for him (when he wants to go without Mom) but there's always the big party as a substitute. I loved Halloween as a kid and am glad my PA son gets to enjoy the fun as well.

Noreen

On Sep 3, 1999

I do what I do at Easter. Throw out all the candy my son collects and substitute with my own safe candy. So far hehasn't noticed!

On Sep 4, 1999

I HAVE A SUGGESTION THAT MIGHT WORK FOR SEVERAL OF YOU. HOW ABOUT HAVING YOUR CHILD "TRADE-IN" THEIR CANDY FOR SOMETHING SPECIAL JUST FOR THEM: PERHAPS A TOY OR A MOVIE OR SOMETHING THAT THEY WOULD ENJOY. FOR OLDER CHILDREN, MAYBE BUYING THE CANDY BACK FROM THEM MIGHT BE FUN. (JUST A FEW DOLLARS IS WHAT I AM THINKING) OF COURSE, ESCORTING YOUR PA CHILD WHILE TRICK OR TREATING IS IMPORTANT NOT ONLY FOR WHAT THEY MIGHT EAT, BUT FOR THEIR OVERALL SAFETY. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE, STAY SAFE

On Sep 4, 1999

My neighbor is PA and my daughter is severely allergic to tree nuts. Every Halloween we have a neighborhood dinner party in our garage. I provide all the food so I know it is safe. The kids are in costume and love to pass out safe treats to all the kids who come by our house. We take our daughter to a few houses and trade out the treats. The focus then is not trick or treating but friends being together. She loves to dress up and welcome everyone to her house.

On Sep 5, 1999

Hi, Every year sense we found out about my PA sons allergy we have chosen to go to our churches harvest festible. It is like a carnival with lots of games and prizes(little toys)and everyonfe dresses up.At the end of the evening they hand out a bag of candy to each child. We ask ahead of time for 2 PN free bags.(this way no PN are going in to our home and the boys don't know we have asked for something special) I always double check everything before I give it to the kids. What a blessing to have a family evening of fun. With no hurt feeling afterwards. God Bless

------------------

On Sep 9, 1999

Hi everyone! I've been away for awhile. This will be my daughter's first year trick or treating, too. (She is going to be Tinkerbell! Yes, I'm excited, too! LOL) These are all great ideas. It seems I recall something from Vermont Nut Free? Didn't they have special baskets you could get for Halloween and the holidays last year? Just wondering...Shan [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Sep 9, 1999

Oh, you reminded me, Shan, to put in a plug for Vermont Nut Free Chocolates for Halloween. I am definitely ordering chocolates from them to replace *all* the chocolate candies which get tossed each year.

Noreen

On Sep 11, 1999

Thanks everyone for the ideas. I have been stressing out about Halloween as Spencer and Madison are now 2 and 3 and they attend preschool and understand what Halloween is all about. All of the ideas are great and I am feeling much more relaxed!

Thanks again! Kelly

On Sep 11, 1999

Here is a link to Vermont NutFree's On Line Catalog. We will be putting a link from PeanutAllergy.Com's home page during this Halloween season also so you will be able to get there easily and tell you family and friends how to also! This link goes to Vermont NutFree's web site page about Halloween! [url="http://www.vermontnutfree.com/catalog.html"]http://www.vermontnutfree.com/catalog.html[/url]

------------------ Stay Safe

[email]"Chris@PeanutAllergy.Com"[/email]

On Sep 13, 1999

Thanks for all of the great suggestions! I hope all of you have a wonderful and safe Halloween!

Kristi

On Sep 15, 1999

Hi! I just got in the mail Vermont Nut Free's Halloween flyer. I will be ordering some this Halloween and hopefully they will have goodies for Christmas, too even though my little girl doesn't really eat chocolate yet(I've been too scared to give her any, too.). But, it will be great for the family. Chris, does peanutallergy.com benefit any if we order thru your site? Just wondering. Shan [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Sep 15, 1999

Yes Shan,

Vermont NutFree has a child with peanut allergy and they send a portion of the sale to help support PeanutAllergy.Com. Be sure to tell them that you came from PeanutAllergy.Com, this is how they track it. They even have a box on their order form (I believe it was this form) to click on, to let them know how you heard about them etc. and you can click on PeanutAllergy.Com to let them know. Thanks for asking.

We will also be adding many affiliate programs soon so other products you normally buy, if you buy them through PeanutAllergy.Com will help raise money as well. We hope everyone will start supporting the work we do and what we are trying to create. Now through purchases, you will be able to help support PeanutAllergy.Com. We will try to cover most things that people purchase. To see more about this affiliate program you can click on this link (we will be adding much more to this part of the site soon). Be sure to tell all your family and friends to make their purchases on PeanutAllergy.Com as well! [url="http://www.peanutallergy.com/sponsorspage.htme.htm"]http://www.peanutallergy.com/sponsorspage.htme.htm[/url] You can access this page from the PeanutAllergy.Com home page as well. [url="http://peanutallergy.com/"]http://peanutallergy.com/[/url]

------------------ Stay Safe

[email]"Chris@PeanutAllergy.Com"[/email]

On Sep 25, 1999

Hi everyone.

I wondered if there is a list of "safe candy" for a PA and egg allergic child? I know that the Vermont choc. co. has safe candy, but wanted to know what you all consider safe other than that product. I have heard through my local support group in NH that Skittles are ok...any thoughts???

susan

On Sep 25, 1999

Hi!

Great suggestions - here's my two cents worth. We are ordering special Halloween stickers and erasers from the Oriental Trading Company for less $$ than we would spend on candy. Several parents in the neighborhood are joining us in providing candy-free houses as a respite for children with all types of food allergies and related illnesses (such as diabetes). How nice it is to be able to give children with restricted diets a treat they will be able to keep!

As for our daughter, we will be practicing the "Great Pumpkin Switch" at two she won't notice! We also love the idea of having older children trade in treats for a larger toy. A great suggestion not only for PA children but those concerned about post-Halloween dental bills!

------------------ Kristin

On Sep 8, 2003

Does anyone know if there is a risk of cross contamination from different candies, peanut being mixed with non peanut,being in the same trick or treat bags?

On Sep 8, 2003

My son is 3 and he went out for Halloween last year. I only kept the suckers for him I knew he could eat and gave the rest of the candy away. He has been asking when he can go out this year again and get more suckers, he doesn't realize that you can get other candy. I never showed him what was in his bag and he was perfectly happy with suckers. I also have given away stickers, tatoos, rings and pencils since finding out my ds was pa. I put them in special bags and the kids know around my neighborhood that I give those things out and are excited to get them.

Jan

On Sep 8, 2003

srujed,

My son is contact sensitive and did have a small reaction to non peanut candy that had been in a shared bowl w/ peanut candies even though they'd been removed. He had swirled his hand around the bowl, trying to decide what he wanted [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] , and his face and hand become blotchy and he was rubbing his eyes.

On Sep 8, 2003

We allow DS to trick-or-treat with gloves on and he loves the whole "event" of showing off in his costume, saying please and thank you, etc. He knows not to touch the candy and to leave his gloves on.

When we get home, he and his sister (non-PA) do some swapping... she loves M&Ms and will take his for lollipops, for example. The remainder of the unsafe stuff he sells to me for a nickle apiece. My daughter thinks this is such a great deal, she often sells me some of her candy, as well! LOL! She will (of her own volition) usually elect to sell me the most peanut buttery things (like reeses cups) saying she doesn't need it and it would be better for Isaac if we got rid of those.

So far this seems to work well for all of us. Isaac stays safe, both kids get some candy and some money, and _I_ get a bunch of candy! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Miriam

On Sep 16, 2003

I am surprised to find so little info regarding the dangers of touching wrapped peanut butter cups, etc. We beieve 3yr old ds to be touch sensitive and I am hoping to get him to wear gloves...which may be difficult. Besides, he seems to constantly have his fingers in his mouth. He says he'll be mickey mouse...so I need to find gloves.

Truly, only 1 person has had a problem with touching the candy? Thanks, michelle

On Nov 5, 2003

Wish I would have found this thread in time for halloween.

On Nov 6, 2003

Quote:

Originally posted by srujed: [b]Does anyone know if there is a risk of cross contamination from different candies, peanut being mixed with non peanut,being in the same trick or treat bags?[/b]

I know this is late, but this is my biggest fear. I confiscate the bags after Halloween night from all three kids (2 are PA) and give them plenty of safe candy... I don't let them touch any of the candy in the bag.

I then buy them presents from the 'halloween witch' (as incentive to go along with letting me confiscate the unsafe stuff) and they seemed okay with that tradition this year.

I kind of feel if just one peanut candy opens up in there, the whole lot of them are now unsafe and have you EVER had a halloween candy bag that didn't have at least ONE candy already slightly opened?

Oh well... ~melanie

On Nov 6, 2003

Megan is almost 2 and this was her first trick-or-treating. She is PA and also allergic to milk, wheat, soy, and fish (although I would HOPE fish would not be a candy ingredient!! lol), so just about all candy is out for her.

Her and her sister (3 1/2 yrs old, non-allergic) went as a butterfly and flower. I had 'safe' candy and non-candy treats waiting at home. My husband got them in the car while I set it up. We left the buckets in the car after we got home. They never said a word about their other candy.

I am wondering now if Megan's PA is worse than we thought. She has never had swelling/trouble breathing, etc. Of course, she was only exposed through breastmilk--never had peanuts herself. All the candy I gave her should have been 'safe' according to the labels...but she broke out with eczema on her face in four places after eating it (she did not eat LOTS--did lots of tasting and throwing away though!). She has not had eczema for months! Her 'safe' candy was dum-dum suckers, super bubble, pixie sticks, nerds, berry life-savers, sweet tarts, and smarties. Anyone see any problem with these? She also ate a dum-dum out of her bucket, which contained other non-safe candy.

Her eczema cleared up easily with Elidel cream (love the stuff!), but it makes me wonder why it flaired up again. We are very careful with her diet, so there was nothing else new besides Halloween candy.

On Nov 7, 2003

Hi! Are the Smarties that you have Canadian or US. I remember reading on the Smarties Canada that they contain wheat ingredients. Also some may contain soy or dairy. My dd also get excema flare ups with certain PA safe treats. It sure is tricky trying to keep them safe from one allergy when there are other allergies to deal with too.

On Nov 7, 2003

Hi! Are the Smarties that you have Canadian or US. I remember reading on the Smarties Canada that they contain wheat ingredients. Also some may contain soy or dairy. My dd also get excema flare ups with certain PA safe treats. It sure is tricky trying to keep them safe from one allergy when there are other allergies to deal with too. Also I noticed after Trick or Treating she had more flare ups than usual even though she didn't eat any treats we gave them away and gave her a safe basket at home. Could it be from just touching the treats?

On Nov 9, 2003

Well I am happy to say that we had an absolutely safe PA halloween. We had a 2nd bucket waiting for 3yr old ds when he arrived home and we just switched them. He never said a word. He wore gloves (he was Mickey Mouse) and had not a single hive! Yea!

On Nov 9, 2003

Megans mommy, the pixie sticks are made on shared equipment with peanuts. I know this because my dd`s teacher in previous years used to pass out M and Ms as a reward. Since that wasn`t okay this year, she asked me about pixie sticks. I bought the bag and they looked fine. However, for some reason I decided to call the manufacturer (can`t remember why) and it is on shared equipment with peanuts. Maybe that is why she had the excema (cross contamination).

On Nov 9, 2003

Hi Carefulmom,

I had always thought Pixie Sticks were made by Wonka/Nestle in a nut-free facility along with Nerds, Runts, Sweettarts, etc. I will have to contact Wonka/Nestle again, as I was quite certain they were safe unless manufacturing conditions have changed the last year or two. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Related